Kumble stumped by Kohli's 'reservations'

In a statement released on Twitter, Kumble said: 'I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my 'style' and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach."

The Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble combine has spelt success. So, the difference of opinion between them is all the more intriguing.   -  PTI

Anil Kumble confirmed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli's 'reservations' against him continuing as the Head Coach was the contributing factor in his decision to resign from the post. 

Kumble, who has an enviable record of one defeat in 17 Tests ever since taking over the role of the head coach, said he was surprised by Kohli's views.

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In a statement released on Twitter, the 46-year-old said: 'I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my 'style' and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach."

Kumble, who had maintained stoic silence on the issue till now, also confirmed that BCCI made a futile effort to reconcile the differences. "Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on," he said.

Explaining his decision further, he said: "Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach's role akin to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest.

"In light of these 'reservations', I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit."